US President Donald Trump greets Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak outside of the West Wing of the White House on September 12, 2017, in Washington, DC. (MANDEL NGAN / AFP)
WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump met with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Washington on Tuesday, welcoming more trade deals with and investment from the Southeast Asian country.
We're talking about trade -- very large trade deals
Donald Trump, President of the United States
"We're talking about trade -- very large trade deals," Trump told reporters before meeting with Najib at the White House.
Najib said his country would purchase 25 Boeing 737 planes and eight 787 Dreamliners, with a "strong probability" of adding 25 more 737 jets in the near future.
"So within five years, the deal will be worth beyond US$10 billion," Najib added.
The Malaysian leader also pledged an additional investment of about 3-4 billion dollars from a major Malaysian pension fund to support infrastructure redevelopment in the United States.
Trump also praised Najib for his strong anti-terrorist stance in Malaysia.
Najib's visit came amid an alleged corruption scandal against him involving the state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) founded by Najib, which is facing money laundering probes in several countries including the United States.
Najib himself has denied all related accusations.